Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives

John Edward Hasse Collection

During 2011, the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives at the University of the District of Columbia acquired a significant collection of recordings from music historian, pianist, and award-winning author and record producer, Dr. John Edward Hasse. The donation includes a private collection of commercially-issued sound recordings (app. 3,500—33 1/3 LPs and 148—45rpm records) of primarily jazz artists along with several hundred ragtime recordings, as well a selection of blues, soul and rock. In addition to the recordings, there are several commercially issued VHS tapes of music and jazz documentaries. The collection is available for research and inventories of the recordings are available.

Dr. Hasse serves as Curator of American Music at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, where he was founding Executive Director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and where he founded the national Jazz Appreciation Month that is now celebrated every April in over 40 countries.

Dr. Hasse is the author of a critically acclaimed biography, Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington, and the editor of a major illustrated history, Jazz: The First Century. He is editor of Ragtime: Its History, Composers, and Music; producer-annotator of the two-CD set Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington; and producer author of the book and three disc set The Classic Hoagy Carmichael. He is co-author/ co-producer of the book and six-disc set Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology published by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. He most recently co-authored an inclusive text on jazz history - Discover Jazz.

As an expert on American music, John Edward Hasse has contributed his expertise to radio programs on NPR, the Voice of America, and Sirius XM radio; TV programs on PBS; and the stamp series "Legends of American Music" for the U.S. Postal Service.